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13:55 Bangor-on-Dee

Soft

John Hewitt Memorial Open Hunters’ Chase

  • Prize money: £1539.9
  • 3m 0f 5y
  • Class 6
  • 7 runners
  • Win time: 6m 41s
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John Hewitt Memorial Open Hunters’ Chase

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hunter Chase

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £15.00
  • Place: £3.80

Form: 3/1P4-

Last run: 294 days

W: 12st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

The winner of ten of his 18 races in points, but he was beaten twice in January, losing his place at halfway on each occasion; won a hunter chase last February but he was pulled up behind Porlock Bay at the Cheltenham Festival the following month; others have more obvious claims.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

3

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:25 Kempton

Salvatore

11st 10lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

midfield, headway 3 out, led 2 out, pushed along approaching last, switched left clear final 110yds, readily

7/2

1

11th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

15:00 Plumpton

Salvatore

11st 12lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Dual 1m4f winner on the continent; has yet to transfer that ability to hurdles but shaped with some promise last time at Newbury (heavy) and has to be of interest in a handicap of this nature; ran okay when once tried in cheekpieces on the Flat and tongue-tie also added here.

15/8

14

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

12:55 Newbury

Salvatore

11st 2lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Harry Derham

Two Flat wins on French soil (trained in Germany at the time); has not transferred that form to hurdles in two attempts, including over C&D, and may be more interesting in handicaps shortly.

33/1

11/8

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 21/21-

Last run: 329 days

W: 12st 6lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Won the big hunter chase at last season's Cheltenham Festival (3m2f, good to soft), and he might have needed the run when beaten 1l in a point at Chaddesley Corbett just after Christmas; looks the one to beat.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

21

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Porlock Bay

12st 0lb

J: Mr William Biddick

T: Will Biddick

Last year's Cheltenham hero; beaten favourite in a point and a hunter chase this season but no disgrace in either; has plenty of speed and this trip could prove ideal, if taking to the fences; shortlisted.

13/2

2nd

2

11th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 5y

Class 6

13:55 Bangor-on-Dee

Porlock Bay

12st 6lb

J: Mr William Biddick

T: Will Biddick

Won the big hunter chase at last season's Cheltenham Festival (3m2f, good to soft), and he might have needed the run when beaten 1l in a point at Chaddesley Corbett just after Christmas; looks the one to beat.

11/8

Form: 254-83 D

Last run: 131 days

W: 12st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Hasn't won for nearly two years and unplaced in three hunters last spring; last of three finishers in handicap at Kelso in October; wind surgery since then may have had a positive effect but he has plenty to find on form.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

1

15th Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 30y

Class 3

13:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Dieu Vivant

12st 0lb

J: William Shanahan

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Posted career-best performance when winning easily by 13l over C&D (good) in September, his fifth chase success, but well beaten twice since (albeit faced tough task in cross-country chase last time); seems versatile regarding ground but Toby Wynne evidently prefers his stablemate Good Work today.

16/1

0

9

17th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Dieu Vivant

10st 2lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Bordering on career-best form when running away with a Bangor handicap on reappearance (3m, good) but blew out at Uttoxeter when soft ground wasn't an obvious excuse; opposable on balance of form and remains to be seen what he'll make of this new challenge; 4lb out of the weights.

25/1

6th

1

19th Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:45 Uttoxeter

Dieu Vivant

12st 0lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Runner-up in two hunter chases towards end of last season and posted career-best performance when back in a handicap a fortnight ago, coming from behind to win easily by 14l at Bangor (3m, good); won't mind if the ground deteriorates; respected.

7/2

OUR TIP

Form: 1FP-32 D BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 12st 6lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

4-18 over fences for Kim Bailey; ridden by George Daly when placed on both starts for current stable, second of 11 in hunter at Ludlow (3m, soft; 13-8 favourite) three weeks ago; holds very solid credentials.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5

5th May 2023

Good

4m 0f 97y

Class 4

19:45 Cheltenham

Another Venture

11st 12lb

J: Mr George Daly

T: Miss E McGarty-Jones

prominent, weakened after 22nd, hit 23rd, pulled up before 3 out

25/1

3rd

3

2nd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 6

16:10 Wincanton

Another Venture

11st 12lb

J: Mr George Daly

T: Miss E McGarty-Jones

led, pushed along after 4 out, ridden when mistake and headed 3 out, weakened before 2 out

20/1

4th

6

9th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Another Venture

11st 12lb

J: Mr George Daly

T: Miss E McGarty-Jones

Ex-Nicky Henderson; third in a Cheltenham handicap in November 2021 (3m1f, good) before finishing second in a hunter chase at Ludlow; in the reckoning if hitting the ground running for new yard.

10/1

Form: 86-134 C

Last run: 164 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

3-22 over hurdles for Ben Pauling, most recent success at Stratford (3m2f, good) last summer; close second in a Larkhill point in January on first outing for new connections; now makes hunter/chase debut in a first-time tongue-strap; not entirely ruled out but others are more enticing.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

27th Jun 2023

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 5

20:40 Newton Abbot

TelArt

11st 11lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Robbie Llewellyn

raced in third, not fluent 12th, mistake and dropped to last 13th

10/1

3rd

1

29th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 5

13:35 Huntingdon

TelArt

12st 2lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Robbie Llewellyn

Well held over fences the last twice but has always looked better as a hurdler and runner-up over C&D off this mark in February; good or quicker ground ideal and should certainly be in the shake-up.

4/1

4th

1

11th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

16:30 Huntingdon

TelArt

12st 0lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Robbie Llewellyn

Heavy and (last time) fast-deteriorating ground have counted against him on both handicap chase starts this year; replication of form of 3m1f hurdles second off 5lb higher here in February sees him go close, however.

10/1

Form: 31-455 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 12st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

In good form in handicap chases in first half of 2021 for Ben Pauling, winning at Warwick (3m, good), but he was beaten around 18l by Another Venture when fifth in hunter at Ludlow last month and needs to hit a new high.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

0

10

2nd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 6f 125y

Class 5

15:30 Stratford

Unai

10st 2lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Belinda Clarke

Sole win under rules (20 races) was in a 3m chase at Warwick in April 2021; has dropped a long way in the weights but he's been out of sorts in the last 12 months and needs new headgear to make a big difference.

33/1

5th

8

8th Oct 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:45 Uttoxeter

Unai

10st 9lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Belinda Clarke

Sole win under rules (19 races) was in a 3m chase at Warwick in April 2021; way down the weights, as his return to racing under rules (last five starts) has not gone well; off since May.

20/1

6

22nd May 2023

Good

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

16:20 Ffos Las

Unai

11st 0lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: John Groucott

Well beaten on all four starts since returned to racing under rules in the autumn; ran well to a point at Stratford (3m3f, good to soft) last month and this return to good ground will suit, but claims are not compelling.

12/1

Form: 93-PPP D

Last run: 22 days

W: 12st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Very dangerous on the pick of his form in handicap chases which includes an Ascot win (3m, soft) in November 2020 off a BHA mark of 137; pulled up on his last three outings, however, including three weeks ago, so he needs to rediscover his spark on today's debut in hunters.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3

11th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 5y

Class 6

13:55 Bangor-on-Dee

Quarenta

12st 6lb

J: Mr A J O’Neill

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Very dangerous on the pick of his form in handicap chases which includes an Ascot win (3m, soft) in November 2020 off a BHA mark of 137; pulled up on his last three outings, however, including three weeks ago, so he needs to rediscover his spark on today's debut in hunters.

15/2

2

20th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 2f 162y

Class 3

15:50 Wincanton

Quarenta

11st 12lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Has dropped below his last winning mark and he's one to watch in the betting now down in grade, but he was pulled up at Aintree last May and it was the same story on last month's return at Cheltenham; revival required.

16/1

6

10th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Cheltenham

Quarenta

10st 3lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Very in and out in his last four starts, the highlight when winning at Ascot (3m, soft; 1lb lower today) in November 2020; player if he returns in that sort of form on this first run since May.

20/1

10/1

Form: 754/2/ CD

Last run: 707 days

W: 11st 12lb

14 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Old-timer who was a useful chaser in his prime for Dan Skelton, career-best effort when winning over C&D; has done well in points in the last year or so, winning five of his last six races, but he meets a higher calibre of rival back under rules.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7

11th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 5y

Class 6

13:55 Bangor-on-Dee

Sir Mangan

11st 12lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Alan Hill

Old-timer who was a useful chaser in his prime for Dan Skelton, career-best effort when winning over C&D; has done well in points in the last year or so, winning five of his last six races, but he meets a higher calibre of rival back under rules.

10/1

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Payout
Exacta £250.00
Straight Forecast £227.50
Trifecta £2533.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Porlock Bay

LAMBOURN:

Another Venture

Daily Record:

Another Venture

RP Ratings:

Porlock Bay

TOPSPEED:

Porlock Bay

POSTDATA:

Porlock Bay

WEST COUNTRY:

Porlock Bay

The Times:

Porlock Bay

Telegraph:

Porlock Bay

The Guardian:

Porlock Bay

Daily Mail:

Porlock Bay

Daily Express:

Porlock Bay

Daily Mirror:

Porlock Bay

The Sun:

Porlock Bay

The Star:

Porlock Bay